Best Game for the Prize Table?
Scott Lewis
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Every labor day I attend an extended game gathering. We have a prize table: everyone brings one or more games to add and we pick games in random order until they're gone. It's a lot of fun and we spend the two days pawing over the games, making our wish list.

I want to bring one of the best games to the table. Here's the problem: many of the people attending are sophisticated gamers who buy a lot of games.

What game should I bring?

Here are my proposed criteria:

-fun: why bother if it's not fun? Extra points for cool bits.

-obscurity: It should be rare enough to be desirable, but not so rare that no one knows of it.

-cost: under about $50. I could easily bring the best game if I spent $200, but that's not an option.

-availability: there needs to be a reasonable chance I can track it down in the next six months. But don't let this one eliminate any game. If this is the only obstacle, then I use the game for the 2005 event.

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This was one of the games on the prize table last year. It was one of the most desired picks. Every one knows about Survive, many people want a copy. Not a bad choice, but I'm looking for a game a little less common.
 
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This is pretty close to what I'm looking for. The cost may be more than $50, but I'm not sure. One downside to this game is that one of the guys just got a copy of this one. But with so many people present, this would be true of many, many games.
 
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Seriously, this one fits the bill exactly if you are in the US--much more widely available in UK. It is a lot of fun and very nasty, of course. Read the reviews--lots of fun and very unique. Best of all, it is available for purchase if you are willing to buy from the UK. This game is difficult to get in the states, but can be bought new at amazon.co.uk for £19.99 + s/h. A lot of other UK-based companies sell this as well. Shipping time can be an issue so check on it and get started early.
 
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You cannot go wrong with Chinatown! There's one on the geek marketplace now for 35 Euros!
 
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